Keegan – Top Players Out Of Reach of Newcastle

Kevin Keegan will be provided the funds to bring in the players he needs the summer, but he is tamping down on expectations today.


Kevin Keegan – tamping down expectations for Newcastle fans

Of course the Premier League’s ‘Big Four’ are the main attraction, and Kevin Keegan knows he will not be shopping at the top end of the market.

“We could be like Everton, who broke that top-four grip one year, but whether we could stay there is another matter,” “We know the very best of the best players are going to go to Arsenal, Chelsea or Manchester United.”

“If you have the choice of going there and you don’t as a player, you could be accused of having no ambition. Where are you going to win trophies, where are you going to get European football? The very top players do not come to Newcastle and Sunderland. That is the reality and it is no disrespect.”

“We have probably done better than most. We’ve got top players here but usually they are in the twilight of their careers or we have taken a chance.”

“They might have a little wart on them, like David Ginola, who came here because he was getting booed in France for giving a goal away that put them out of the 1994 World Cup. ‘We might be able to get the odd one, but we are never going to get the top notches. We’re just dreaming if we think we can”

It’s interesting that both Chris Mort and Kevin have come out today to dampen down expectations and we don’t think that’s a coincidence. We think there was a meeting last week on the Newcastle transfer targets and we’re fairly convinced none of the big names, like Henry as an example, are on the list.

That would explain why the club is coming out today saying it’s almost impossible right now to attract the very best players. As far as we are concerned that’s OK because there are some great players out there who would still come to Newcastle United to make out squad so much better next season.

That’s all we want.

Comments welcome.

26 comments so far

  • moe

    Apr 20, 2008 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #1

    if we pay good money then good players would come like owen

    but we dont know who to pay good money for like luque

    so pay good money for good players this summer and i would assure you that good players would come to newcastle, instead of putting silly excuses before the start of summer.

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    Apr 20, 2008 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #2


  • Joe

    Apr 20, 2008 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #3

    To be honest who needs the big name signings? What benefit would Henry have been to Newcastle at this current moment in time? We have three strikers on form and if anything should be looking for a younger long term solution to The Dukes Inevitable Move On. What we do need are experienced Premiership players to cement the gaps in our starting eleven. Two or three experienced defenders would be awesome (I’m thinking maybe Bridge, Hypia, M Richards type) and some attacking midfield players to replace those who are leaving (Zoggy, Emre and possibly Milner). Players like Lennon etc are not out of NUFCs reach. One of our most consistent players of the last decade wasn’t a star player when we signed him… (NS)

  • moe

    Apr 20, 2008 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #4

    bring in :
    – reyes
    – lennon
    – dunne
    – riise
    thats all we need to be a big club

  • moe

    Apr 20, 2008 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #5

    once again i have the first 3 comments

  • I_McP

    Apr 20, 2008 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #6

    I really hope we don’t bid for Deco. I’ve just heard on skysports that apparently has no respect for barca, saying as long as he turns up training, sober then his private life is nothing to do with his club. not what we need!

    Also i have been thinking about what our team would be if we had made some of our january targets: Brown, Woodgate, Diarra, Kaloua, Defoe? It would be a totally different style of team.

  • Joe

    Apr 20, 2008 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #7

    Yeah I agree with those four players. Wouldn’t cost much and would fill the gaps in our starting eleven. Really don’t wanna see Milner move on but I suppose Lennon is a better player overall. Does anyone have any word of whether Smith is leaving? Before the ‘dont care’ comments kick in, it’s just a matter of interest. I dont really agree with players only having one season to settle and would like him to have a clean crack at it next season like.

  • HonoraryGeordie

    Apr 20, 2008 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #8

    I don’t know about this, it comes across quite negatively regarding our current players! I think Michael Owen and Obafemi Martins might just look at this and think “hold on, I’m a top class player, in a team that can’t attract top class players because they can’t get in to Europe…why am I here again!”
    Newcastle United have a big pull in the transfer market, and apart from Messi et al, we can attract a very high standard.
    When Keegan came back he said (don’t quote me exactly) ” why settle for second best. we want the best and we will try to get the best. I want Henry, he is the best player I have ever seen in the Premier League. He might say no but a shy bairn gets nothing” that was the jist anyway….why the negative change in heart?

  • Leo

    Apr 20, 2008 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #9

    damn, looks like we are going to be bored stiff come transfer window lol. joking, i will always expect the unexpected at united

  • IanG

    Apr 20, 2008 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #10

    I hope this is just a case of managing expectations and over delivering.

    KK may be a great leader and motivator but I wish he wouldn’t feed fans nonsense about big names not wanting to come to Newcastle. If we pay the transfer fees and the wages then we get great players. Fact.

    And anyway what happended to all that talk about us needing a top creative midfielder?

    But I can see that we need high potential young players who’ll develop into assets and I expect this is the general strategy at Newcastle. That’s why Wise, Jimenez and Vetere were signed up. Let’s just hope if we do bring in more youngsters they get a game.

  • wwe

    Apr 20, 2008 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #11

    we will buy reyes that would be a big name signing

  • ArtyH

    Apr 20, 2008 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #12

    This is a BIG departure to earlier in the season where M.A was stating he wanted a world class ” trophy ” signing! I can see the wool being pulled over eyes again with statements like this. Or is this to make a statement to the wanted players that NUFC are no longer a soft touch for money?
    It will be an interesting time this transfer window, and the way the team are playing now is much improved. Keegan should be given the £50m which was mentioned by most knowledgeable sources for the formation of his ” own ” team. Who knows we could do a Portsmouth or Everton ( league position ) next season. Really I would settle for just watching decent football, something we have been deprived of since SBR’s charge.

  • Nick Dryden

    Apr 20, 2008 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #13

    Sort of related. Can anyone tell me why if as Mort clains the club was on it’s knees and days away from folding, Ashley just didn’t wait a little while to buy the club.
    Yes M.A would save had to take on liabilities and previously incurred debts, but surely Shepherd could not have walked away with 40 M for years of abject failure and putting us back 10 years.

  • Nick Dryden

    Apr 20, 2008 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #14

    Honoury geordie

    They have probably done the math.
    Owen 6 million a year in wages!!
    Martins 4 million a year in wages
    Viduka 3 million a year in wages

    Sports direct has had a terrible time and Ashley just gambled away 125 million on the stock market.

    On the plus side I think it is encouraging to bring in hungry talented youngsters than get any more mercenaries or has beens.

  • Pete

    Apr 20, 2008 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #15

    Moe.. those 4 players wouldn’t make us a “big club”.. Riise is not as good as people make him out to be, simple as that. If we blow off 5-6 mill on that guy Benitez will be laughing all the way to the bank I promise you.
    Reyes pretty much showed he didn’t belong in the PL during his Arsenal spell didn’t he? Decent player, don’t get me wrong, but if he couldn’t bare living in London, how would he feel in the north east:)
    Dunne will never happen. City will never let him go.
    Lennon as a young british talent will be horribly overpriced and his performances for Tottenham has been a bit hot and cold to say the least..

  • Bill F

    Apr 20, 2008 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #16

    Looks to me that we are going down the get them young, bring them on route. Backed up with a batch of older, cheaper experienced players which is why players like Riise (OK), Bullard (OK) and Dunne (waste of time and money) are being considered.
    This would probably work under KK and I reckon we fans will be OK with this so long as we see good end results.

  • sprecks

    Apr 20, 2008 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #17

    dont worry lads im sure king kev knows wat he’s at, if he comes out sayin that we are defineatly gonna sign these top quality players then when we go to buy them the clubs are gonna totally overprice them cause they know that newcastle have to pay the money to keep the fans happy, its best for him just to say he is gonna spend his money wisely

  • Andy1

    Apr 20, 2008 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #18

    Get Victor Moses from Palace. He is going to be quality. Stars of the future – not of the past.

  • wsq

    Apr 20, 2008 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #19

    Hello this quotation is several months old!! tsk tsk tsk I seriously am appalled at the level of thought put into this blog’s posting.

    Big name’s ofcourse not.. but quality yes. No to the likes of Ronaldinhos. Yes to the likes of Bentlys.

  • t-g-w

    Apr 20, 2008 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #20

    Could the fact that both Keegan and Mort have said today that there wouldn’t be any big names coming in actually be to lower our hopes so that we will all be over the moon when they splash the cash in the summer? Let’s hope so…

  • Macca

    Apr 20, 2008 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #21

    I know we’re not likely to get big names and such but we should still try, there’s no point in sitting back thinking ah he’s to good to come here and kick ourselves a week later when he’s signed for Sunderland or some other average at best team. We’ll never know until we chase them and if worst comes to worst, they can say no. We’ve got nothing to loose and a lot to gain.

  • reillers

    Apr 20, 2008 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #22

    Watching wee Stephen Hunt on Tubridy Tonight, or whatever it’s called, a kinda chat show, and he implied that he was happy at Reading but wouldn’t really comment on going to Sunderland, I think they might try and go for him again in the summer. We can’t have that now can we. It was an interesting interview, he’s a dead on lad, got his hair cut, a wee bit disappointing, I liked his old hair.
    Anyway, he’d a be a good buy.

  • moe

    Apr 20, 2008 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #23

    well then who is better than the four i picked in a better price??? NOBODY

    reyes: played gr8 for arsenal and madrid
    lennon: is one of the best youngsters
    dunne : no comment he is just gr8
    riise: we need a left back who knows english football and he knows it and is good at it ( i would prefer he played a sub to jose)

  • Hog

    Apr 20, 2008 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #24

    What do we think of Boro’s Wheater?

  • toonbarmy

    Apr 20, 2008 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #25

    Summer Signings:

    CB- Cuellar, Dunne or Kompany
    LB- Shorey, Riise or Bridge
    DM- Veloso or Appiah
    AM- Arshavin, Bullard or Boussoufa
    RM- Lennon or Bentley
    ST- Gomis, Crouch or McFadden

  • Joe

    Apr 22, 2008 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #26

    What about buying both Shorey and Bridge? Bridge is also excellent on the wing and God knows he can get an injury or two so its worth getting Shorey too. If reading do go down he’ll be looking to jump onto better things. It would really bulk up the defence with two hard working english lads who know the league and are looking to improve their waning international careers.

    With a three man midfield we pretty much have our starters but for three million each both Bullard and Nolan are worth a crack for cup comps. Bentley would be a better buy but would cost a fortune and at times his attitude stinks a little. Lennon would be worth it too. If Zog wants off to the big smoke then a swap deal wouldn’t be out of the question.

    I’m thinking fairly small scale players but not too expensive and would bulk up the numbers with enthusiastic, experienced but youngish players who under KK might become class!


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